Oscar Levant Overview:

Legendary actor, Oscar Levant, was born on Dec 27, 1906 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Levant died at the age of 65 on Aug 14, 1972 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording. Levant was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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(December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) was an pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor. He studied under Zygmunt Stojowski, a piano pedagogue. In 1924, aged 18, he appeared with Ben Bernie in a short film, Ben Bernie and All the Lads. In 1928, Levant moved to Hollywood where... Read full article


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Oscar Levant Quotes:

Sid Jeffers: You have all the characteristics of a successful virtuoso. You're self-indulgent, self-dedicated and the hero of all your dreams.
Paul Boray: You ought to try a few dreams yourself, it might make you less cynical. When I look at you I know what I want to avoid.
Sid Jeffers: One of us is offensive.


Lester Marton: I can stand anything but failure!


Adam Cook: It's not a pretty face, I grant you, but underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.


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Oscar Levant Facts
A composer as well as a pianist, he had more than fifty published songs to his credit, most notably the standard "Blame It on My Youth," and several short instrumental works, including the whimsically titled "A Polka for Oskar Homolka.".

Was a regular panelist on the popular radio quiz show "Information, Please" in the late 1930s and early 1940s, as well as a semi-regular on Al Jolson's radio program in the late 1940s.

At the time of his death in August, 1972, he had been off the entertainment scene for so long (almost a decade) that the police and ambulance attendants had to be told who he was.

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